One Step Closer to the James Beard Award

It’s the weekend, and with Saturday and Sunday brunches on everyone’s minds, let’s talk food. San Francisco is the culinary capital of our own hearts and stomachs, so it comes as little surprise that the powers that be over at the James Beard Foundation agreed. The semifinalists have been named and by all accounts, San Francisco is well represented. Congratulations ladies and gentlemen, and best of luck in making it to the finals on March 22, and the grand finale in New York City on May 3.

Outstanding Restaurateur

  • Michael Dellar, Lark Creek Restaurant Group, San Francisco
  • Pat Kuleto, Pat Kuleto Restaurant Development & Management Co., San Francisco
  • Tim Stannard, Bacchus Management Group, San Francisco
  • Doug Washington, Anchor & Hope, Salt House, and Town Hall, San Francisco

Outstanding Chef

  • Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco
  • Michael Mina, Michael Mina, San Francisco
  • Charles Phan, The Slanted Door, San Francisco

Outstanding Restaurant

Rising Star Chefs of the Year

  • Perry Hoffman, Etoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon, Yountville, CA
  • Timothy Hollingsworth, The French Laundry, Yountville, CA

Best New Restaurant

Outstanding Pastry Chef

  • Deanie Fox, Ubuntu, Napa, CA
  • Nicole Plue, Redd, Yountville, CA
  • Michelle Polzine, Range, San Francisco

Outstanding Wine Service

Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional

  • John Shafer and Doug Shafer, Shafer Vineyards, Napa, CA

Outstanding Service

  • Acquerello, San Francisco
  • Michael Mina, San Francisco

Best Chef: Pacific

  • Jeremy Fox, Ubuntu, Napa, CA
  • Laurence Jossel, Nopa, San Francisco
  • Loretta Keller, Coco500, San Francisco
  • Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA
  • Mourad Lahlou, Aziza, San Francisco
  • Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco
  • Richard Reddington, Redd, Yountville, CA
  • Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco